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Wawrinka to face Bedene for another Chennai crown

Chennai, India (SportsNetwork.com) - Stanislas Wawrinka is in position to claim his second consecutive Chennai Open title after a straight-set semifinal win Saturday over Belgium's David Goffin.

The top-seeded Wawrinka earned a 7-5, 6-3 victory and will take on Slovenian qualifier Aljaz Bedene on Sunday for the championship. Bedene, ranked 156th in the world, continued his surprising run with a 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (10-8) win over third-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut in the first semifinal.

Bedene saved four match points to reach his first-ever ATP World Tour final. He was a semifinalist at this event two years ago, when he knocked off Wawrinka in the quarterfinals before falling to Janko Tipsarevic in the next round.

Bautista Agut was the 2013 Chennai runner-up to Tipsarevic and last year captured his first two ATP World Tour titles.

Bedene has a tough task ahead of him on Sunday, as Wawrinka will try for his eighth career title and third at this season-opening event.

The Swiss star used this tournament victory last year as a stepping stone to his first major title a few weeks later at the Australian Open. He also won the Chennai crown in 2011 and was the runner-up in 2010.

Chennai serves as a tune-up for the Aussie Open, which will begin Jan. 19.